Open Sesame, Des Moines, Iowa

After a fantastic dinner at Jesse’s Embers the night before, Nancy and I got an early morning, pre-heat start on our State Capital walk. We wrapped up a very pleasant 11k walk in Des Moines just before noon. The Capitol itself was impressive, especially the library. The walk took us around the many memorials on Capitol Hill, and it wound through East Des Moines, an … Continue reading Open Sesame, Des Moines, Iowa

Jesse’s Embers, Des Moines, Iowa

Nancy and I left Ames after a long walk around the lovely Iowa State campus, a fruitless effort to find a Clone Cone (they’re only sold during basketball games, it seems), and a drive around the historic downtown, we turned toward a main Iowa destination: a steakhouse in Des Moines. Jesse’s Embers came with a strong recommendation from our Senior Mexico and Iowa Correspondents Lyn … Continue reading Jesse’s Embers, Des Moines, Iowa

Hickory Park, Ames, Iowa

After a delightful visit with Curt and Cindy Liljedahl of the addicting AdventuRetired podcasts, Nancy and I stopped for the evening in Ames. We checked into our hotel, and then ventured out to Hickory Park on Curt and Cindy’s recommendation. It’s east to see why they recommended it. Hickory Park has been an institution in Ames for over 50 years. It’s changed locations a couple … Continue reading Hickory Park, Ames, Iowa

AdventuRetired — Podcasts about Active Retirement

Schoolteachers Curt and Cindy Liljedahl (pronounced just as it’s spelled) were in the enviable position of being able to retire when Curt was 54. No, Curt wasn’t a chemistry teacher in Albuquerque. They’re just two extraordinary schoolteachers with some really successful investments. Anyway, they were looking for ideas about how they should spend the next 40 or 50 years, but all of the podcasts about … Continue reading AdventuRetired — Podcasts about Active Retirement

EAT Thai Cafe, Bismarck, North Dakota

After my experience with Randy’s corned beef hash, I was determined to eat at a local place. You know, the sort of place opened by immigrants making their way in a new land. In North Dakota I guess that means Norwegians, and that suggests a tendency toward cold weather food. I’m familiar with Lutefisk and Rakfisk by reputation, and it really wasn’t the weather for … Continue reading EAT Thai Cafe, Bismarck, North Dakota

Randy’s Diner Too, Fargo, North Dakota

Continuing our progress on doing 10k walks in all 50 state capitals, Nancy and I hit the road from St. Paul to Bismarck. We hit Fargo around lunch time, so we pulled into the Visitors Center for some intelligence on local restaurants. Actually, we mainly stopped to see the wood chipper used in the film Fargo. You really have no choice. You absolutely have to … Continue reading Randy’s Diner Too, Fargo, North Dakota

Craftsman Table and Tap, Middleton, Wisconsin

After our lunch at the Milwaukee Brat House, Nancy and I headed for our hotel way out on Middleton, west of town. We settled in and started thinking about dinner. There are lots of choices there, including the Craftsman Table andTap, which, from the map, looked like it was on or close to one of the lakes that dot Wisconsin. And it looked like it … Continue reading Craftsman Table and Tap, Middleton, Wisconsin

La Vela, Solomons, Calvert County, Maryland

For those who sail, the Safe Harbor Marina run by Zahnisers is one of the treasures of the Bay. They have a pool, broad lawns, and all sorts of marine support facilities. And they have a great restaurant, La Vela, on site. La Vela is on the second floor of the main Zahnisers building overlooking the marina. You enter the bar and the first dining … Continue reading La Vela, Solomons, Calvert County, Maryland

Where to Eat between Washington, DC, and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

I don’t usually do individual curated lists, but I’m making an exception here. I’ve already made a list of Best Places to Eat near I-95 between Washington and Key West that includes over 50 locally owned restaurants within 15 minutes of the Interstate. I’ve been thinking of doing an I-40 list, and our neighbor, Julie Rokala, who’s from Oklahoma, recently drove her mother, Laura Eddy, … Continue reading Where to Eat between Washington, DC, and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma